(March 5) – The Colorado House of Representatives gave preliminary approval today to a bill to make sure all qualified Colorado high school graduates can better afford college.
SB13-033, known as Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow, or ASSET, makes the in-state tuition rate at state colleges and universities in Colorado available to all students who graduate from high school in Colorado after attending for at least three years. To qualify, students who lack legal immigration status would also have to seek United States citizenship.
This is not the first time a version of the ASSET bill has been debated on the House floor. HB03-1178 passed on second reading but was reversed on a COW amendment. “Today, we made history,” said Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver), who sponsored the bill in the House with Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver).
“This bill gives hope to hundreds of young people who come out of high schools in Colorado but are blocked from receiving their college education, their ticket to the American Dream,” Rep. Duran said.
Rep. Kevin Priola (R-Henderson) spoke forcefully for the bill during debate today, and Rep. Cheri Gerou (R-Evergreen) announced that she supported it as well.